Calendar of Events

Aug 04, 2014 to Aug 15, 2014 | Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Aug 11, 2014 to Aug 12, 2014 | New York, NY
Sep 08, 2014 to Sep 10, 2014 | Chicago, IL

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California Dreamin'

Left-coast lawmakers envision a greener America.

Michael T. Burr

As the new U.S. government takes shape, at least one trend seems clear: California is taking over the country. Well, maybe not “taking over,” exactly. But leading.

Building the Next Generation Utility

Fundamental changes require bold strategies.

Jack Azagury, et al.

While many utilities have embarked upon efforts to define a path toward the next generation utility, these efforts often are siloed initiatives driven by the generation, transmission and distribution (T&D) or customer segments of the organization. Addressing the upcoming challenge will require a coordinated and integrated set of decisions so as not to sub-optimize the end-to-end value chain. Eight critical themes across the generation, T&D and customer elements of the value chain will shape the future of our industry.

Green Price Stability

New approaches account for the economic benefits of renewables.

Lori A. Bird et al.

Many green power customers benefit from long-term fixed prices. The most effective programs recognize the value of this price hedge—and fairly exempt customers from fuel cost adders in utility rates.

Riding on The Wind

Plug-in hybrids usher a new era for wind power.

Jeff Anthony

Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) open a new intersection between wind power and transportation.

Squeezing Energy from A Rock

New geothermal approaches bring massive resources within reach.

Charles W. Thurston

Low-temperature closed-loop generators promise huge growth in geothermal power.

Memo to the President-Elect (Part 2)

A clear and present need for nuclear energy expansion.

C.E. (Gene) Carpenter Jr.

Addressing climate change will require extending the life of today’s nuclear fleet and laying the foundation for new plants.

CEO Roundtable: Debating The Boucher Bill

Utilities consider imposing a retail surcharge to fund clean-tech R&D.

Michael T. Burr

Utility CEOs debate the merits of a retail surcharge to fund clean-tech R&D.

Memo to the President-Elect (Part 1)

A clear and present need for nuclear energy expansion.

C.E. (Gene) Carpenter Jr.

The new administration might be our last, best hope for recapturing America’s technological and economic superiority. The time has come to institute an “Apollo Project” level of effort to convert to a carbon-free energy infrastructure while tossing aside the business-as-usual model. The future lies in nuclear power.

Green Bailout

Congress pours tax benefits into efficiency and renewables.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Of the many provisions in the bailout bill, few of them actually establish new federal policy. Instead, most just continue existing provisions that already were set to expire, and probably would have been enacted in some form—if not this session, then next session.

Transmission is Bubbling

A billion-dollar ‘gold rush’ could send grid rates through the roof.

Bruce W. Radford

Money may be difficult to come by for Wall Street financiers in these dark days, but apparently not for electric transmission construction—at least so far. A rash of recent orders from FERC shows that generous financial incentives remain available to companies seeking to expand the nation’s grid capacity.

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